While tequila takes the trophy for Mexico’s most popular drink, mezcal is building up quite the reputation around the world. This alcoholic beverage, endemic to the state of Oaxaca, is to be savored —or “kissed” — in order to taste its many complex nuances. Local Oaxacans even have a proverb to express its curative powers: “For everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, too.” For experts and beginners, these are five mezcal bars in Mexico City you must visit.
As one of the original mezcal bars in Mexico City, La Botica continues to be a strong supporter of small, independent distilleries. With six locations across the city, the original establishment in Condesa is charmingly tiny with handwritten menus and minimal interior décor.
La Botica Condesa
Campeche & Atlixco y, Av. Tamaulipas 369, Colonia Condesa
Alfonso Reyes 120, Colonia Condesa
This hole in the wall bar, located between the Condesa and Roma Norte neighborhoods, offers a selection of 40-50 mezcals, many of which are artisanal. The space hosts a bar up front and candlelit tables in the darker back rooms. Don’t be shy in asking the passionate wait staff to walk you through your options.
Álvaro Obregón 298, Colonia Condesa
Only a red curtain separates this dimly lit mezcal bar from the bustling streets of El Centro. The establishment gets its products directly from the producers, and in the spirit of Oaxaca, be sure to order chapulines (grasshoppers) roasted with lime and chile. On the weekends, get there early to assure a spot.
Luis Moya 31, Colonia Centro
This neighborhood bar and restaurant is a go-to spot in the artsy neighborhood of Coyoacán, located in the south of the city. Whether you love straight mezcal, cocktails, beer, or wine, their menu has it all, as well as Mexican snacks and tacos. The candlelit tables by night make for the ideal romantic meet-up.
Caballocalco 14, Coyoacán
Corazón de Maguey
Found in the heart of historic Coyoacán, this spot is more of a restaurant than bar and is definitely more touristy (and pricier) than the other mentioned mezcalerías. But with the quality of mezcal in mind, Corazón de Maguey is a reliable choice. Try their brand, Alipus, or go for a cocktail stirred with mezcal.
Corazón de Maguey
Parque Centenario 9A, Coyoacán
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